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This is a quick fall foliage report for New England

I don’t know if all of you have the state fall foliage sites sending you fall foliage report emails but if you are relying on me to get a combined update then here is my take for the coming weekend.

The road not taken through fall foliage

The road not taken through fall foliage

For those WORRIED ABOUT MISSING THE COLORS… submitted by Butch Lombardi.

Judy and I, with Eli in the back seat, got on the road more than an hour before dawn. Our goal was to be at the pond for…

Posted by New England Fall Foliage on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The rain on Saturday is going to be heaviest across Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. So this leaves you southern (for all three) Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. I haven’t found a good real-time foliage map of NH so I will post a Weather channel map for all of the North East and direct you to my New England fall foliage webcams (good all year actually) where you can see the foliage from different locations around NH and New England.

VT – As you can see Vermont is calling mostly peak with faded color in the NEK (North East Kingdom) and I’m betting that it’s less than this but there should be many drives for the Columbus day weekend. The Champlain valley should be a good bet along with the Connecticut River Valley.

NH – The traffic will be heavy on the roads this weekend but in the New Hampshire lakes region to the southern White Mountains like Waterville valley, south to Ossipee and Squam Lake and further south you will find very nice colors.

ME – Here the we have (to quote Dickens) The best of times, it was the worst of times. When I say the best I mean that you won’t have to drive very far and the worst of times equates to the fact that there isn’t much left. 🙁 BUT! what is there, is very pretty!

Fall colors, speeding up, slowing down? Which is it?

Bill , who runs the Northeast foliage website has these maps from the Weather channel showing where we are this week in 2014 and where we were this week in 2013. It shows a pretty substantial difference between the two years.

Fall Foliage events for this weekend:

Fall Foliage Celebration — Waterville Valley, NH
October 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Village Road, Waterville Valley

A weekend of fun family events will include kids’ games, pumpkin painting, and a pie-eating contest. For those looking for a deal, there will be in the merchant tent sales and the annual ski and snowboard swap. On Saturday a band will perform from the gazebo, from 1 to 4 p.m.
On Sunday, the Fall Foliage Beer Garden will present samples of fall brews in the center of Town Square accompanied by live music and a corn hole tourney starting at noon. At 1:30 p.m. a Stein Holding Competition will decide who is the strongest of them all. Live music from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Time : 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission : Free

 Harvest Festival at Fruitlands — Harvard, MA
October 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014
102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard

Enjoy this celebration of the autumn harvest! Learn about Native American gardening and how local Native peoples prepared for the winter long ago. Make seasonal crafts for your hearth or front door. Taste local vegetables and quench your thirst with a switchel – an old tonic.

Time : 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission : Free with admission
Event Website

Vermont Apple Festival –Springfield, VT
October 11, 2014 to October 11, 2014
13 Fairground Road, Springfield

Over 80 craft vendors. Enjoy warm apple crisp, and a pie-eating contest. Plenty of kids activities such as pony rides, puppet shows, and carnival rides.

Time : 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission : Free
Event Website

Medieval Faire & Armored Tournament — Lenox, MA
October 12, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street, Lenox

The historic Jacobean-Revival estate will revert to days when armored tournaments were a way of life. The Society of Creative Anachronism will present Crestfallen Tourney, a spirited knightly competition. Other events include a fire performing act, a marionette show, minstrel music, and Irish dance music.

Time : 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission : Adults, $15; children age 4 to 17, $5

Historic Deerfield Antiques Show — Deerfield, MA
October 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Deerfield Academy at Historic Deerfield, Deerfield

The Antiques Dealers’ Association of America will bring together some of the nation’s finest dealers for their annual antiques show. This show provides guests with an enjoyable and informative experience in antiquing. Customers can ask questions and spend time with the objects. A cafe provides lunch on site, or a short stroll on this most picturesque of villages takes you to Deerfield Inn, for lunch or dinner.

Time : $15 includes admission to the Flynt Center
Event Website

Baked Beads Columbus Day Weekend Sale — Waitsfield, VT
October 10, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Under the Tent, Route 100 at 46 Carroll Road, Waitsfield

This annual event features the eccentric and unique art and crafts of Baked Beads. The company will offer special deals on their products, which include handmade jewelry, hair decorations, winter accessories, slippers, pashmina scarves, and, of course, beads galore.

Time : 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Event Website

Maine Craft Weekend 2014 — Statewide, ME
October 11, 2014 to October 12, 2014

Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event encourages craft artists and breweries all over the state to open to the public and take advantage of a critical mass of similar businesses doing the same thing at the same time.

Time : all day
Admission : Free & Open to the Public!
Event Website

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Fall Foliage Report 9, Oct 2014 — 20 Comments

  1. Jeff,

    Back in Connecticut. Just saw beautiful near peak to mostly peak foliage traveling west from Southington to Waterbury on Route 84. About a 20 mile drive. Foliage was moderate to near peak traveling south on Route 8 from Waterbury to Bridgeport. Who knew all I had to do was stay in Ct for the peak foliage. Went all over NH for four days and saw nothing like this.

  2. Hi Jeff,

    You asked me to write you when I returned from my Insight fall foliage tour. We went Oct.1-8. I got lucky that peak was early this year. The trip and leaves were spectacular. I saw hillsides of color and the brightest trees ever! They schedule lots of activities and take you to beautiful places in four states. Some areas were before peak, some at peak, and saw a few bare trees. Some of the brightest trees were mixed in everywhere. I loved the short hikes in the woods to small waterfalls, and the covered bridges, visited historic places, and tasted our way through New England. I highly reccommend it.

  3. Hello! This is my second year here in New England (Boston area), and I’m trying to find a great area for this Thursday-Friday (Oct 16-17) to see peak foliage, something along the lines of Butch’s beautiful picture of Leffert’s Pond, Chittenden VT. Is it already late for that area? Does anyone have any suggestions for a rookie leaf peeper during this time? Thanks in advance!

    • Well rookie leaf peeper, hi…
      A front is moving into New England on this Thursday 🙁 amd it’s bringing strong winds and rain. Ok newbie what is the probable outcome of this weather event? I hope you have a few days.
      My wife says Wilmington and Reading MA is looking real nice and I have yo hope the leaves stay on but we will know more on Friday. I think southern NH and northern MA will be you best bet over the next week. I hope you have read my many articles and have planned some fun activities. Let me know how it goes…

      • Thank you for the suggestions! The rain kept us from traveling on Thursday, but there is still some nice foliage in the Western suburbs of Boston (Waltham, Cambridge Reservoir and Walden Pond) that we got to enjoy.

  4. I was just up in the white mountains from Oct 6th thru 10th this year and did not see anything even near peak anywhere. We went south of Conway and saw a few spots with a bit of peak color, but that was it. When we were traveling north to get to Franconia Notch from CT we saw very little color on the way up and on the way home it was the same thing. So if the color basically travels north to south where is it. Last year and the year before we went the last week of Sept into the first week of Oct. I don’t ever remember having this much trouble finding colorful trees. I understand what your saying with the rain shortage and the temps having positive and negative effects on the leaves, but we had those same problems ten years ago, but I always saw color just about every time I went up there. I haven’t said wow in years. The NH weatherman came on the news and spoke of leaf drop in the north woods of NH this year which is the same thing they said last year about the north. So I’ll just keep reciting the I missed peak anthem, “It’s even beautiful without the leaves”. Liar.

  5. I have been going to the White Mountains in New Hampshire for years to see the foliage. If there is one thing I have noticed over the last few years is that it seems the leaves just fall off the trees in many areas with little or no color. If you go online to check and see where the peak color the people who are posting the information seem to be living in another state. I can’t tell you how many times I have traveled to certain areas based on what the local chamber of commerce says or some hotel and you get there and the leaves have been gone for over a week while they are saying it’s near peak color where they are. I realize there is a lot of money to be lost if the trees are bare, but it is so annoying getting there and finding nothing. I don’t know if I’m the only one experiencing this, but it has been a long time since I have seen the breath taking colors of ten + years ago. Maybe I just have bad timing.

    • Well Bob this is one reason I do what I do. I have people that I trust to pass me information and I as time allows go to many places that are being called “peak” and I make my own judgement. The chambers have a duty to their businesses. When I call someone, I will call the library because they don’t have an agenda or allegiance to tourism. I try very hard to be accurate in my calls. This past report you’ll notice I didn’t mention finding peak or posting any report from anyone saying they found peak. I did find nice color in Woodstock and the hills above the woodstock covered bridge had pretty hills above it but not peak…
      The Jenne was 90% of peak and the nicest seen on Friday…
      The reader map at Yankee has the same issue of either reports that are fictitious or just over stated as peak. but it’s the best they can do.

      As far as the leaves dropping fast… I believe this is a product of a summer where northern New England was 3-5 inches below on rainfall and when this happens the leaves have a soft connection to the tree and light wind and rain do tremendous damage to our peak colors.
      In 2013 we had rain early in the summer so we did pretty good and 2012 we had serious drought but awesome fall colors and on 3-4 Oct we had light rain and the peak colors came down and we had to wait for the colors to develop again.

    • Boy do I agree with you. The state reports are more misleading than helpful. I have been following Jeff for years as he can be relied on. Thank you Jeff! Regards, Bren.
      Ps I was up in Williamstown MA today. Very pretty. Peak in several areas of college town. Also go to Clark Institute for a colorful walk through their trails. Especially the pasture scenic trail. Nicely peaked!

  6. Very nice color today on Interstate 90 Mass Pike from Palmer to Worcester. Also on interstate 84 in northern ct from Tolland to Union. Vibrant oranges and reds mixed with some green. Ct State Rt 190 from Stafford to Union also nice.

  7. Yesterday between Pittsfield and Shelburne Falls, colors very nice along route 8. Route 8a also peaking or a little past. Very scenic routes!

  8. Just came back from Vermont central thru southern. Colors very muted. Only yellows showing. Massachusetts from North Adams to Stockbridge dull. Some spots of nice color. Few reds. Mostly yellow, brown. No intense color anywhere! State reports very misleading.

    • I agree Bren I saw very good color at dawn at the Jenne farm in Reading VT. but it was hit or miss from there. I stopped at a bunch of new covered bridges that I added to my collection. I didn’t see much in the way of reds today.

  9. Do you think there be foliage left on Sunday in massachusetts after the rain? I am going camping this weekend in southern mass.

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